BBC Two’s eight episode period-drama The Last Kingdom will premiere on Thursday October 22nd at 9pm, it has been announced.
The Last Kingdom is set in the year 872 when many of the separate kingdoms of England have fallen to the invading Vikings, with only the great kingdom of Wessex left standing and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great. The drama follows Uhtred, the son of a Saxon nobleman who is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of their own. He finds his loyalties tested and must choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing.
The cast of the series, which is set to premiere later this year, is being led by Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) as Uthred and David Dawson (Ripper Street) as King Alfred the Great. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Emily Cox (Circle of Life), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street), Ian Hart (The Bridge), Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (A Royal Affair), Peter Gantzler, Joseph Millson 24:Live Another Day), Alexandre Willaume (Over the Edge), Rune Temte (The Accident) and Henning Valin Jakobsen (The Killing) also star.
Hailed as the BBC’s own Game Of Thrones (which, coincidentally, the Beeb were attached to co-produce before pulling out due to budgetary concerns back in 2010), The Last Kingdom is based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling franchise The Saxon Stories, which was adapted for television by Good Cop scribe Stephen Butchard. Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films are producing The Last Kingdom in association with BBC America. Chrissy Skinns is the series producer, while Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Stephen Butchard are the executive producers. Prey helmer Nick Murphy is directing multiple episodes.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.